Seth, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by Seth)
In my opinion, the best of the novels featuring Pendergast, one of the most memorable fictional suspense characters. In this book we see more of what makes the eccentric investigator "tick". The central mystery holds a lot of surprises, overall a very strong novel from a strong writing team.
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Anyhoo, I really enjoyed this; the secondary characters were fleshed out nicely, and there was a lot of good humor as the natives of a tiny Kansas town try to figure out what to make of this FBI fellow (and vice-versa). This was a great, diverting read.
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by Patrick Anderson, The Washington Post Book World,
"Preston and Child are smart, skillful writers who have fun spinning their tall tale, and if you enjoy things-that-go-bump-in-the-night thrillers, you'll have fun reading it."
by Kirkus Reviews,
"Showing that two minds research more richly than one, Preston and Childs bring literary flair to [their] opening pages....Yummy beach reading."
by Publishers Weekly,
"[O]ne of the most charismatic thriller heroes in....This may be minor Preston/Child, but it is major Pendergast; those for whom he's the cup of tea will drink deep."
"[A] fascinating lead character....Preston and Child deftly mix the real and the surreal....Call it creeping paranoia, perhaps, or the dreadful certainty that something awful is about to happen. Whatever you call it, it's a recipe for success."
by Library Journal,
"The Preston-Child team scores another big winner, perfect for the summer; highly recommended."
by Tampa Tribune,
"These guys are masters at scaring the hell out of people."
Preston and Child's latest New York Times bestseller finds FBI Agent Pendergast arriving in a small Kansas town where a series of grisly murders have taken place. Even more disturbing — the bodies are displayed in bizarre tableaus in the middle of endless cornfields.
It's a picture of death.
A small Kansas town has turned into a killing ground. Is it a serial killer, a man with the need to destroy? Or is it a darker force, a curse upon the land? Amid golden cornfields, FBI Special Agent Pendergast discovers evil in the blood of America's heartland.
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